HEALTH SYSTEMS

Drug Diversion on the Rise at VA Medical CentersThe Associated Press is reporting that federal authorities are ramping up investigations at VA and federal medical centers due to an increase in diversion of opioids and other problems.
BD Targets Opioid Control IV Safety Med Availability
Safety Concerns Over Some Hepatitis C DrugsThe ISMP has issued a report that links several direct-acting antiviral agents for hepatitis C to serious adverse side effects. But drug makers take issue.
Getting Reimbursed for Services Rendered: It’s no Magic TrickPharmacists use their expertise to help patients -- as well as insurance companies. But we do it for free!
Atezolizumab for Urothelial Carcinoma and Non-Small Cell Lung CancerHere: an overview of atezolizumab, the first new drug in two decades for bladder cancer and now approved for NSCLC.
Food, Juice, and Drugs: Hold the Grapefruit
Food, Juice, and Drugs: Hold the GrapefruitDo your patients know about the interactions between common foods and drugs? We take a look at what you need to know.
Meeting the Pharmacy Needs of Tourists, Vacationers, and TravelersAre you prepared to help when someone far from home has lost their prescription medications?
Dietary supplements-- an FDA primerFDA is not authorized to review dietary supplements for safety and effectiveness before they go on the market. But it does provide an electronic safety reporting portal tailored exclusively for dietary supplements.
First Do No HarmThe tools for improving quality are available to almost every pharmacist and pharmacy technician, whose job is to make the system work. But this may be the weakness in pharmacy’s march to quality.
A Strategy to Boost Medication ComplianceLooking for ways to increase medication compliance by challenging patients -- such as the elderly and those with mental illness?

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